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Charming Towns / 14.01.2016

Poorly connected by public transport, out-of-the-way from the routes connecting the main towns of Emilia-Romagna, Comacchio is a little-known gem of northern Italy. The cities and towns crossed by canals are charming and picturesque, aren’t they? I’m not thinking of Venice’s uniqueness (don’t believe to characterizations like “the Venice of the north” or south or whatever,...

Charming Towns / 29.11.2015

Unlike many cities and towns in Italy, Cervia, as we see it today, is a rather recent settlement, dating back to the late 17th Century. Well-known as a beach resort of the Emilia-Romagna region for Summer holidays, Cervia actually has a lot of charm apart from its wide beaches. Cervia, the town of salt.  Originally the city...

Cities, Culture and Art / 26.10.2015

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Nature & Outdoors / 19.10.2015

There's no greater pleasure for an autumn hike than the colours. Year after year, as yellow, orange, red explode and the landscape shines with bright and warm tints, I can't help thinking at the wisdom of nature, offering a colourful treat before winter, when the mountains are white and cities too often are grey. I captured this photo last year...

Cities, Culture and Art / 16.10.2015

The majority of tourists think of Milan as the place for  business and shopping, but there are neighborhoods - like Distretto Isola - where one gets surprised by Milan. [caption id="attachment_24226" align="alignnone" width="750"] Milan - Daily Life at Distretto Isola [/caption] “Isola" means island and the district’s name originate from the construction of the railway which, in 1865, divided...

Cities, Culture and Art / 05.09.2015

It’s the capital of Appenzell Innerhoden Canton, the smallest in Switzerland together with Basel City, but don’t expect a city, since Appenzell is nothing more than a town counting less than 6,000 inhabitants.  Appenzell, the town of the Landsgemeinde Appenzell is well-known for its colorful houses with painted facades and as one of the only two towns...

Nature & Outdoors / 26.06.2015

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Travel Postcards / 22.06.2015

It's that time of the year, when meadows and hayfields make for beautiful patterns and the smell of the freshly cut grass is intoxicating.  I'm back in Switzerland, the country where I feel at home. In the Saanenland, where I grew up, I'm off for new hikes as soon as possible. Late spring is an explosion of colours, pastures...